The reception desk is the face of a company. It comes as no surprise, then, that it should help promote its values and philosophy.

They come in all shapes and sizes and their materials range from wood, through concrete, to marble. Some are minimalistic, others are extravagant but they all share one goal – they must communicate the values of a company.

Reception desks dictate the tenor of your workplace and as such, the rule is simple: if you want to make a lasting first impression, do not neglect them.

Here is a selection of eye-catching reception desks that feature a bold use of materials and captivating sculptural forms.

GDF Suez & Simply Energy, Melbourne, Australia

contemporary reception desk for GDF Suez Simple Energy
Artillery. Photography Andrew Iser

Reminiscent of a thunderbolt light, strips of light evoke currents of electricity for Australian energy provider GDF Suez.

Atelier Krikos, Punjab, India

sculptural reception desk at Atelier Krikos in India
Studio Ardete. Photography: Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

Asymmetry, sharp angles and a play on textures define the upscale reception area of Atelier Krikos. The two-tone reception desk stands out against the black mirror granite flooring.

10 Brock Street, Regents Place, London

A sculptural bronze reception desk stands proud as the centrepiece of a nine storey atrium. Its dynamic geometry is inspired by the faceted external facade of the building.

bronze reception desk at 10 Brock Street
Reception desk manufactured by Terence Conran's Benchmark Furniture company. Architect: Wilkinson Eyre.

Trading Technologies, Singapore

office reception desk at Trading Technologies
Software company Trading Technologies Singapore office. By Kyoob-id

An interesting blend of materials and styles makes for a striking reception desk built on contrasts. The wooden counter is fitted with a minimalistic cream panel that conveys warmth with a hint of modernism.

Satchi office, Guangzhou, China

sleek reception desk at Satchi office
Feeling Design. Photography © He Yuansheng

White prevails in this lobby and its crispness is highlighted by a deep blue carpet and sculptural lighting. In this reception area, less is definitely more.

Aberdeen Asset Management, Uxbridge, London

chic reception desk design
Laser cut screens by Miles & Lincoln

Miles and Lincoln created weave-patterned, laser-cut panels which add a golden touche of luxe in this corporate reception area.

Analog Folk, Shoreditch, London

cork reception desk
DH Liberty. Photography: Quintin Lake

The waiting area inside Analog Folk features a distinctive chipboard reception desk and polished concrete flooring, thus drawing inspiration from the digital advertising agency's love of traditional values and digital technologies.

Opening photo: Giant Pixel office by O+A. Photography © Jasper Sanidad

Made in Bulgaria, raised in Morocco, "matured" in the UK, Elissaveta is our Editor-in-Chief. Her career started in the field of architecture and design where she developed a talent for creative thinking and an eye for aesthetics. In 2014, she found her calling in design journalism and now has over three years’ experience in writing about design & architecture.